First Baptist Church
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This Week’s Livestream Message


Sep 13, 2020
“Don’t Look Back” Philippians 3:12-16
Series: no series
September 13, 2020
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  • Sep 13, 2020“Don’t Look Back” Philippians 3:12-16
    Sep 13, 2020
    “Don’t Look Back” Philippians 3:12-16
    Series: no series
    September 13, 2020
  • Aug 30, 2020The Thief on the Cross: Luke 23:39-43
    Aug 30, 2020
    The Thief on the Cross: Luke 23:39-43
    By: guest
    August 30, 2020
  • Aug 23, 2020Guest Speaker: Phil Mitchell, “Seeing with the Eyes of God” 2 Kings 6: 8-17
    Aug 23, 2020
    Guest Speaker: Phil Mitchell, “Seeing with the Eyes of God” 2 Kings 6: 8-17
    August 23, 2020
  • Aug 16, 2020Philippians 3:4-11″What to do with, The Dash”
    Aug 16, 2020
    Philippians 3:4-11″What to do with, The Dash”
    By: guest
    Series: no series
    August 16, 2020
  • Aug 2, 2020Colossians 1:15-18
    Aug 2, 2020
    Colossians 1:15-18
    Series: no series
     August 2, 2020
  • Jul 26, 2020Assumptions of Ministry Health
    Jul 26, 2020
    Assumptions of Ministry Health
    Series: no series
    July 26, 2020
  • Jul 19, 2020Matthew 14:13-33
    Jul 19, 2020
    Matthew 14:13-33
    Series: no series
     July 19, 2020
  • Jul 12, 2020Be Strong: Deuteronomy 31:6
    Jul 12, 2020
    Be Strong: Deuteronomy 31:6
    By: guest
    Series: no series
     July 12, 2020
  • Jun 28, 2020Faith for Today: Hebrews 11:6
    Jun 28, 2020
    Faith for Today: Hebrews 11:6
    Series: no series
    June 28, 2020
  • Jun 21, 2020The Gift of Grace, Father’s Day: Ephesians 2:8-9
    Jun 21, 2020
    The Gift of Grace, Father’s Day: Ephesians 2:8-9
    Series: no series
    • June 21, 2020
  • Jun 14, 2020Family Life, Part 6: The Benefit to Loving Your Spouse Well: 1 Peter 3:1-7
    Jun 14, 2020
    Family Life, Part 6: The Benefit to Loving Your Spouse Well: 1 Peter 3:1-7
    Series: 1 Peter
    June 14, 2020
  • Jun 7, 2020Family Life, Part 5: Taking Jesus to Work: 1 Peter 2:18-25
    Jun 7, 2020
    Family Life, Part 5: Taking Jesus to Work: 1 Peter 2:18-25
    Series: 1 Peter
    June 7, 2020
  • Apr 19, 2020The Big 5: Habits to Help the Church through Crisis. Part 4.
    Apr 19, 2020
    The Big 5: Habits to Help the Church through Crisis. Part 4.
  • Apr 12, 20205 Habits to Help the Church through Crisis
    Apr 12, 2020
    5 Habits to Help the Church through Crisis
  • Apr 5, 20205 Habits to Help the Church through Crisis. Part 2.
    Apr 5, 2020
    5 Habits to Help the Church through Crisis. Part 2.
    By: (All)

Services

Sunday
10:30am Sunday Service 
 Sunday School– 9:30a (Some classes have resumed, find more under Adult S.S. Page)
5:30pm Vida Abundante (Spanish Service)

 Sunday Morning Worship Service

Our Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. is a great time of fellowship and worship. The music is based upon the great hymns and songs of the faith, and the preaching is from the solid foundation of God’s word. Come join our praise team of choir members and pianists for a great time of worship with us on Sunday morning and a time of refreshing, Biblically solid teaching10 Vida Abundante On Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. join the Spanish service for guitar-led worship and a beautiful time of fellowship and praise, which carries a latin feel and wonderful Bible-based preaching in Spanish.

About Us

OUR MISSION 
Sharing Christ & Building Believers
 
OUR VISION
First Baptist Church strives to be a community where, in Christ, 
we pursue a better way to live, where outsiders seek to belong,
and where everyone is equipped and encouraged
to fully trust Jesus and serve Him.
 
OUR PURPOSE
The Purpose of Holyoke First Baptist Church is to glorify God through: Evangelism, Worship, Fellowship, Edification, and Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 
OUR CORE VALUES
We unashamedly and uncompromisingly strive to be:
 
Biblically Based – God’s Word is our guide, authority and conscience in everything. We stand firm where Scripture stands firm and remain flexible where it is flexible. It is through the teaching and preaching of God’s Word where we have knowledge of the Gospel, where sinners are convicted, where hearts repent, and where people are moved to serve Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:16).
 
Passionate About Prayer – We believe the attitude and action of prayer is essential to everything we do as individuals and as a corporate body. Nothing of eternal significance or value is ever accomplished apart from prayer. It is through our prayers that we align our hearts to listen to God’s Spirit, we declare the goodness of God, give God thanks, seek forgiveness, find supplication and abide in His presence (Psalm 45:18, Jeremiah 29:11-13, Matthew 6:9-13, Colossians 4:2).
 
Committed to those far from God- We believe that lost people matter to God; therefore, they matter to us. Jesus came to seek and save the lost and has left us here, in part, to do the same. Our individual lives and corporate efforts will reflect this conviction to pursue the dead churched, de-churched, and unreached in our community and beyond with the love of Jesus Christ and the hope of the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:10, Rev. 2-3).
 
Invested With Our Gifts – We believe that each believer has been employed by the Holy Spirit with at least one spiritual gift and many God given talents in order to serve the body of Christ. Believers are called to be good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Spiritual giftedness and maturity determines where and how a believer serves. We believe excellence honors God and reflects His character. We strive for excellence without compromise in all areas of our ministry and lives. (1 Peter 4:10; Colossians 3:17).
 
Committed To Community – Belonging to our community requires a commitment to being intentionally involved with others in accountable, encouraging relationships. We believe life-change happens best in the context of abiding relationships that together are pursuing spiritual growth in Jesus Christ. In clusters of caring people, participants share and encourage each other toward spiritual growth. (Hebrews 10:24-25).
 
Relevant in Ministry – We believe that to be biblical we must be traditional. We also believe that to be effective in our ministry, we must share those traditions in a manner that engages our culture and in a way that they understand. The Bible does not tell us to use only certain styles of music, or to present our message only through words. The Bible does make it clear, however, that we are to find ways to effectively bring the message “into all the world” in order to make disciples. We believe this will require careful scrutiny of everything we do – new practices and old – and a willingness to change when necessary within biblical parameters, in order that we, “by all possible means might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 3:6; Ephesians 4:11-16).
 
Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
 
Contact Information
Please feel free to come by the church during office hours Monday through Friday between 8am-12pm.
 
First Baptist Church
1000 E Johnson St., PO Box 465
Holyoke, CO 80734
Office Phone: (970) 854-2452
Email: info@holyokefbc.com
 
To Contact Interim Pastor Rick Reitz:
rick.reitz@gmail.com
or contact secretary , Laura Beth at the office:
(970)854-2452, or info@holyokefbc.com
 
To Contact Pastor Ismael Lopez:
Home Phone: (308) 882-4987
Cell Phone: (970) 580-1195
Email: lopezvida007@gmail.com
 
To Contact the Deacons:
Troy Killin:        (970)580-4586
Jim Kienholz: (970) 466-0406
Harry Kinner: (719) 659-2484
 
To Contact the Trustees:
Israel Rodriguez (970) 571-3619 
Ron Koch: (970) 854-4040
Aaron Powell: (970) 854-5178
Jason Frost: (970) 580-3360
Erik Robledo (970) 580-4728
Alberto Ramos (970) 520-8379
 
  For information about our Children’s Ministries: Contact Sue Cooper: (970) 581-9893
 
For information about our Adult Ministries/Small Groups:
Click here to go to our Adult Ministries Page
 
 
Para informacion cerca de nuestro Ministerio Espanol/Vida Abundante:  Haga clic aquí para ir a nuestros Ministerios Españoles

Recent Sermons

 

Sep 13, 2020
“Don’t Look Back” Philippians 3:12-16
Series: no series
September 13, 2020
WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • Sep 13, 2020“Don’t Look Back” Philippians 3:12-16
    Sep 13, 2020
    “Don’t Look Back” Philippians 3:12-16
    Series: no series
    September 13, 2020
  • Aug 30, 2020The Thief on the Cross: Luke 23:39-43
    Aug 30, 2020
    The Thief on the Cross: Luke 23:39-43
    By: guest
    August 30, 2020
  • Aug 23, 2020Guest Speaker: Phil Mitchell, “Seeing with the Eyes of God” 2 Kings 6: 8-17
    Aug 23, 2020
    Guest Speaker: Phil Mitchell, “Seeing with the Eyes of God” 2 Kings 6: 8-17
    August 23, 2020
  • Aug 16, 2020Philippians 3:4-11″What to do with, The Dash”
    Aug 16, 2020
    Philippians 3:4-11″What to do with, The Dash”
    By: guest
    Series: no series
    August 16, 2020
  • Aug 2, 2020Colossians 1:15-18
    Aug 2, 2020
    Colossians 1:15-18
    Series: no series
     August 2, 2020
  • Jul 26, 2020Assumptions of Ministry Health
    Jul 26, 2020
    Assumptions of Ministry Health
    Series: no series
    July 26, 2020
  • Jul 19, 2020Matthew 14:13-33
    Jul 19, 2020
    Matthew 14:13-33
    Series: no series
     July 19, 2020
  • Jul 12, 2020Be Strong: Deuteronomy 31:6
    Jul 12, 2020
    Be Strong: Deuteronomy 31:6
    By: guest
    Series: no series
     July 12, 2020
  • Jun 28, 2020Faith for Today: Hebrews 11:6
    Jun 28, 2020
    Faith for Today: Hebrews 11:6
    Series: no series
    June 28, 2020
  • Jun 21, 2020The Gift of Grace, Father’s Day: Ephesians 2:8-9
    Jun 21, 2020
    The Gift of Grace, Father’s Day: Ephesians 2:8-9
    Series: no series
    • June 21, 2020
  • Jun 14, 2020Family Life, Part 6: The Benefit to Loving Your Spouse Well: 1 Peter 3:1-7
    Jun 14, 2020
    Family Life, Part 6: The Benefit to Loving Your Spouse Well: 1 Peter 3:1-7
    Series: 1 Peter
    June 14, 2020
  • Jun 7, 2020Family Life, Part 5: Taking Jesus to Work: 1 Peter 2:18-25
    Jun 7, 2020
    Family Life, Part 5: Taking Jesus to Work: 1 Peter 2:18-25
    Series: 1 Peter
    June 7, 2020
  • Apr 19, 2020The Big 5: Habits to Help the Church through Crisis. Part 4.
    Apr 19, 2020
    The Big 5: Habits to Help the Church through Crisis. Part 4.
  • Apr 12, 20205 Habits to Help the Church through Crisis
    Apr 12, 2020
    5 Habits to Help the Church through Crisis
  • Apr 5, 20205 Habits to Help the Church through Crisis. Part 2.
    Apr 5, 2020
    5 Habits to Help the Church through Crisis. Part 2.
    By: (All)
Interim Position at FBC Filled: Rick Reitz Rick grew up in a small town on the high plains of western Kansas. His experience includes teaching, coaching, pastoring and driving an assortment of farm equipment. He is married to Julie, and they have two children, Joanna and Michael. Rick has a passion for the local church and for seeing people come to understand the love of God more fully. Until the Senior Pastor position at FBC is filled, Rick Reitz will serve as the interim pastor and work to faithfully meet the spiritual needs of the body of Christ. This is the third interim pastorate for Pastor Reitz.
 
Meeting with Pastor Rick: while Pastor and his wife Julie are in town during the weekends, Pastor Rick would like to meet with as many members/attendees as he can to get to know individuals better. If you would like to schedule a time to meet with him and his wife (if she is in town) or to share a meal with him, please call the secretary at the office: 854-2452 or email her at info@holyokefbc.com. Thank you!
 
Important Change to Office Hours: the office will open M-F 8am-Noon. The office never fully reopened after COVID restrictions were lifted; the office is now open M-F from 8a-Noon with occasional exceptions, at which point the congregation will be notified of the change. The office phone is now the best way to reach me or you may email info@holyokefbc.comas before.  This change is being made to allow for more consistency with the office being open and to better meet needs of congregation/ community members. Worship Guides will be printed Friday mornings, please have announcements in before 11am on Fridays! Thank you!
 
Please Join Us! Sunday, Sept 20th at 1:00pm (after lunch), FBC Fellowship Hall. A special meeting with Pastor Rick to address and assess the needs in order to continue Sunday School & Basic Training this Fall! Who: Anyone concerned with continuation or willing to help in ministry to our Children.

 Adult Sunday school classes have started. If interested in learning more information, please call: 854-4533. 

 
Peerless Movie Theater Family Nights: The Peerless has asked that we would keep announcing the weekend movie they will be showing. This weekend, from September 18th through the 20th at starting at 7pm, the Family Movie is “Bumble Bee”.
 
BASIC Training Volunteer and Planning Meeting: Anyone interested in learning more about this ministry to reach children for Christ in our community or volunteers wanting to help with this year’s ministry outreach, should plan to attend the Planning meeting on September 23rd at 7pm at FBC.
 
Children Sunday School Teachers Needed! If you have an interest in teaching one of the Children’s Sunday school classes, please reach out to Ron Lock or the Secretary at the office, 854-2452.
 
Red Cross Blood Drive: FBC will host a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, September 25th, from 9a-3p. If you have any questions, please call the office. 854-2452 
 
Do you wish to share a prayer request? Please utilize the church website or app to submit prayer requests.
Submitting your requests online will help keep the information accurate and ensure that it is sent out to the right people. It will help us to be more efficient in getting the needs out to the congregation too. If you have any requests to share, they may be submitted though any computer or mobile device. To submit a request, please visit: http://www.holyokefbc.com/prayer. All requests will immediately go to the pastor, all the deacons, and the church secretary. The requests will then be shared with the prayer chain. If you have any questions about how to submit requests online, please let pastor know or any of the deacons or the church secretary. We will be happy to help.
 
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Submit your prayer requests online. You can now go online and submit prayer requests. If you would like prayer, as an additional option to calling the church office or sending email, you may visit holyokefbc.com/prayer
 
 
 
 

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September’s Letter

In Acts chapter 11, the Word of God tells us that after Stephen’s death, persecution against believers in Christ was unleashed. They scattered and some went to Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, where they preached the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Many in Antioch believed in Christ because of the preaching of those courageous believers. News of these things came to the church in Jerusalem and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When Barnabas arrived in Antioch, he immediately saw the grace of God reflected in many saved souls and exhorted all to continue preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Barnabas went to find Paul in Tarsus and brought him to Antioch. Barnabas and Paul spent a year in Antioch, teaching the Word of God to many people and it was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.

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Dear First Baptist Church

Recently, my wife shared this illustration that shows us the importance of sticking together.

Flying in a flock is the key to survival for birds living on the plains, and the best display is the annual migration of the American snow goose. A million and a half birds stop to roost in Mound City, Missouri, and the bald eagles know it. They gather to feast on this delicacy before winter comes, but geese are as big as the eagles and hard for them to catch. 

When geese sense danger, the entire flock takes flight forming what looks to the eagle like a great noisy wall. The confused eagles are not able to penetrate that united wall and harm them. But the eagles are hungry and patiently wait for another chance. 

When the weather turns colder, the geese separate into smaller groups along the shore and marshes. The eagles take advantage of the divided groups by diving over them. The geese scatter in flight and in the chaos injure their flock mates, breaking wings and leaving them vulnerable to the enemy.

I think, in some ways, this story describes the current situation of our church.

The church is the group of people who have believed in Christ for salvation and who come together to worship God and to celebrate biblical ordinances.

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Simple Faith

Where You Can Devote 3 Hours That Will Make The Greatest Impact In Your Life And Our Church
 
Do you ever find yourself getting confused trying to figure out just what God wants from you when you decide to follow Jesus? Have you ever felt overwhelmed or exhausted with Church life? Do you ever feel guilty because you don’t feel like you are doing enough, even when you are doing so much for Jesus?
 
If you answered “yes” to these questions, then chances are you might be making your walk with Jesus more complicated than it needs to be. When Jesus bids us to come to Him, he is not asking for an open ended commitment to leading and building church programs. He is asking us for some-thing far greater: to be fully devoted to Him.
 

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Taking Time to Rest in Jesus

Psalm 16:8-10

I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my 
heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

Many of us are dreaming of “getting away” like never before as we have been extensively confined to our homes because of Covid-19. We might long for disappearing from daily life and enjoying family actives together as the summer quickly approaches— hikes in the mountains, bike trails, fishing, boating, or even simple walks down the sidewalks of Holyoke.

The problem is that we can intentionally carve out time in our schedules to get away but never actually find rest. Peace can escape us, and often does during the summer season. If you could find peace and rest from your weariness, what would that look like?

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Understanding the Risky Reality of Grace

Romans 11:6, “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.”

Back in the summer of 2005, Samantha and I were engaged to be married. Our wedding was only months away. While I knew she was the right person for me, there was a part of me that was incredibly nervous. Up remaining on the relationship agenda was one of the most terrifying things for me.


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A Lesson from Obadiah: Why You Don’t Want to Celebrate in the Suffering of Your Enemy

Obad. 15                For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations.

                 As you have done, it shall be done to you;

                                your deeds shall return on your own head.

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Are You Fully Devoted to Christ?

One of the most tragic events during the Reagan Presidency was the Sunday morning terrorist bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, in which hundreds of Americans were killed or wounded as they slept. Some in our congregation may still recall the terrible scenes as the dazed survivors worked to dig out their trapped brothers from beneath the rubble.

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Mission First

2 Timothy 2:4
4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”

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Fueling Faith

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” — The Apostle Paul (Romans 1:16).
 
It has already been just over a month since Thanksgiving. Christmas has now come and gone. And here we are starting a new year. During the holidays many of us went places or we had family members who came to visit. No matter where our journeys took us, none of us would have made it down any roads without fuel for our vehicles.
 

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Gratitude

“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:15
 
When we remodeled our home, one of the most valuable tools I used was a reciprocating saw. The back and forth motion of the blade was exceptionally useful and efficient in cutting through wood, screws and nails that needed to be removed in …

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